“Wow how do you find the time to do that?” “Shucks, I have no patience to do what you do.” “I’d love to do that BUT I am too busy.”
I am not a full-time employee anymore. I work 8 hours teaching art each week, spend a few hours each week for writing projects and my wrap business. But I voluntarily do a lot to keep our home ship-shape: I cook, I clean, I do the laundry and I make sure my hubby/stepdaughter/cats are healthy and happy. But because I love my fabric art/drawing/stitching, I make time for these loves. How?
I multitask. Art lessons will need to be reviewed. Floors will need to be vacuumed, meat thawed, dinners cooked and clothes hung up to dry. So, when there seems to be no time, here are a few suggested pockets of time to slip in your hobby/creative project.
– When thawing meat before slow-cooking
– While heating up the oven
– While waiting for laundry to finish in the rinse cycle
– While waiting at the vet
– While having a coffee after your quick grocery shop
– While husband watches a sports show you’re not really into
– While riding the bus
What works for me is having my sewing kit or drawing pad and pens ready to pick up and plop down in a portable kit anytime, anywhere.
But even while I was employed as a full-time editor in Manila and in Singapore, I found ways to write my books. I remember coming home from my work at Seventeen in Manila to work on The Breakup Diaraies until midnight. I did that routine too while working on Undercover Tai Tai as a beauty editor for Female, Singapore.
When there’s a will or a desire to do something, you will make a way. Or drink coffee to stay awake so you get it done!
No excuse can stand in the way of true determination to pursue a worthwhile passion.